Facilitating Training

Advanced Facilitator Program – AFP

Prepare to become a globally recognized Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) recognized for mastery in facilitation, process consulting and transformation.

Advanced Facilitator Program (AFP) = Professional Facilitator Program (PFP) + Facilitative Leadership Program (FLP) + Personal Coaching

Certified ToP Facilitators (CTF) are known and respected worldwide and facilitate a culture of participation in almost every field of endeavour. You will have an important role in the change and transformation that groups must go through and will be respected by your peers. The Advanced Facilitator Program helps you have deep positive impact on individuals, groups and entire organizations. It prepares you to handle the most challenging facilitation with profound respect for group wisdom and the ability to draw out wise results, motivation and commitment.

AFP prepares you for the ICA CTF Certification, and also IAF CPF Certification. AFP includes the cost of ICA CTF Certification. IAF CPF Certification is not covered in the price and must be arranged and paid directly to the International Association of Facilitators. The AFP also includes about 18 hours of personal mentoring and coaching.

The AFP package is $16,760.00 plus tax, a 20% saving over individual courses. This is a flexible program of study, practice and mentoring and courses can be taken when you want, even over several years. Ten courses can be taken in a year, or spread out over several in any order. Group Facilitation Methods must be taken before all courses except Meetings That Work or Facilitating Client Collaboration.

The curriculum of the Advanced Facilitator Program includes

  • Group Facilitation Methods
  • Meetings That Work
  • Facilitating Client Collaboration
  • Transformational Strategy
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Leading Dynamic Teams
  • Facilitating Conciliation
  • Power of Image Change
  • Participation Paradigm
  • Art and Science of Participation

You can take the classroom, live-online, or self-directed versions of any of these courses.

To see dates and location use the buy package button. Select one each of Group Facilitation Methods, Meetings That Work, Facilitating Client Collaboration,  Transformational Strategy, Art and Science of Participation, Organizational Transformation, Leading Dynamic Teams, Facilitating Conciliation, Power of Image Change, and Participation Paradigm. You can change dates of individual courses at a later time with no penalty by calling 1-416-691-2316.

Look below if you want to register for

  • AFP Cohort in Chinese
  • New: AFP Class of 2025 in English


  • Learn all the skills of the Professional Facilitator Program (PFP) AND the Facilitative Leadership Program (FLP).
  • Call and ask your assigned mentor for specific advice on how to facilitate difficult upcoming programs. You can call in real time if you need to during actual facilitation events you are leading, or during breaks in the engagement.
  • Up to 18 hours of telephone mentoring with master facilitators will give you the confidence you need to take on big projects.

The Advanced Facilitator Program (AFP) prepares you for the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) certification and also Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Certified ToP Facilitation (CTF) certification. A flexible program, it begins with a personal learning contract and includes 23 days of course work, with practice, coaching, mentoring, observation and feedback. You will also develop portfolios needed in the certification.

Group Facilitation Methods - Powerful methods to facilitate and build consensus.

Meetings That Work - Practical tools to design and lead effective meetings.

Facilitating Client Collaboration - Design facilitation approaches with your client.

Art & Science of Participation - Deepen understanding design and practice.

Transformational Strategy - Strategic thinking to produce breakthrough actions.

Leading Dynamic Teams - Generate collaboration, action and accountability.

Organizational Transformation - Diagnose and leverage system wide change.

Power of Image Change - Internal images and behavioural change.

Participation Paradigm - The basis of Technology of Participation (ToP) methodology.

Take courses in any order but Group Facilitation Methods must be taken before all courses except Meetings That Work and Facilitating Client Collaboration.

Includes 18 hours of mentoring and coaching throughout. Mentor will assist in developing your portfolio for certification.

Includes the price of ICA ToP Certification assessment.

Mentoring in included in the program. Each course has 1 hour of free mentoring, and additional mentoring is added totalling 18 hours. This is used to help you use with client work and to develop your portfolio for Certification.


The Advanced Facilitator Program is being held in Chinese in scheduled live online classes. Register by clicking  AFP in Chinese.

Join a class of AFP participants and take the program together, graduating on Feb 7, 2025. Assessment for ToP Certification starts after that. To register click AFP Class of 2025

Group Facilitation Methods - Sep 18-19, 2023
Meeting That Work - Nov 1-2, 2023
Facilitating Client Collaboration - Dec 14-15 2023
Transformational Strategy - 24-26, Jan 2024
Power of Image Change - April 15-16, 2024
Organizational Transformation - June 3-5, 2024
Dynamic Teams (ATT) - Oct 7-8, 2024
Facilitating Conciliation - Nov 18-19, 2024
Participation Paradigm- Dec 9-10, 2024
Art & Science of Participation - 3-7, Feb 2025


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